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State lawmakers move forward with anti-GMO bill

By Anita Hofschneider

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 09:15 p.m. HST, Feb 07, 2013


Local advocates of all-natural food scored a partial victory when the House Committee on Agriculture passed a measure to require labeling on genetically modified food.

The committee approved the bill today but amended it so it only applies to produce imported from outside Hawaii.

Numerous proponents of the bill testified before the House committee this week.

They say they deserve to know whether the food they are buying has been genetically modified.

Several opponents of the bill said they are worried about how the measure could affect local farmers.

They also argue that requiring labels would increase food costs.

House agriculture committee Chairwoman Jessica Wooley says because the bill only affects produce brought in from outside Hawaii, it benefits local farms and won't cause food prices to rise.







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Kuahiwi wrote:
These politicians betrayed the people and the 'aina again! This bill only applies to food from outside Hawai'i and doesn't take effect until 2050! What a sell-out!
on February 7,2013 | 09:21PM
st1d wrote:
the bill is problematic and should not pass in its present form.

it defines a gmo food/material as something that does not have to gmo in it's makeup. then it calls for the health department to develop tests to detect gmo in foods/materials.

it also exempts restaurants and other venues that offer food to eat from gmo labeling. so a market that offers ready to eat food, would be exempt in labeling other foods/materials sold in the same store.

if passed this bill would be ineffective and unenforceable. simply put, it's a feel good bill, that does no good at all.


on February 7,2013 | 09:47PM
st1d wrote:
that should read: "something that does not have to have gmo in its makeup."
on February 7,2013 | 09:56PM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
GMO critics, stop sticking your nose in my business. If I want to know about this, I can find out. Don't need you to tell me what to do
on February 7,2013 | 10:02PM
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